Throw a tree, play some bingo, or see a show!

Knut Fest!!! 

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On Friday, Jan 12th, you have another opportunity to participate in a "Knut-Festival", which is a Swedish tradition of disposing of dead Christmas trees via bonfire!  Bring your own tree, without decorations, to the Hundeheim in Hütschenhausen from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and you will get a coupon for a free Gluhwein for your donation.  You can also take a try at the long throw with a Christmas tree.  At 7:00 p.m., they will begin the bonfire of Christmas trees and serve bratwurst, frikadelle, gluhwein.  Hohlstrasse
Hütschenhausen, 66882

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Olaf's Bingo

On Saturday, January 13th, there will be a special family Bingo event at Kazabra Club on Vogelweh.  Olaf's Winter Bingo will have a bunch of prizes and a family trip to win!  The doors open at 11:00 a.m. and games begin at 1:00 p.m.  This is open to all ages so the kids will enjoy it too.  Card packs for $10.00 and food and drinks also available for purchase.  Kazabra Club building 2057, Vogelweh.

Seussical the Musical!

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Last chance to catch this awesome show! Date: Jan 12 & 13th, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Jan 14th at 3:00 p.m.

This is a fantastical family musical that is based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including favorites like “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.” Tickets are $10-15 for adults and $7-12 for children and seniors, depending on seat selection. Tel: 0631.411.6626 KMC Onstage Theater - Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232 Salingstraße 15 Kaiserslautern, 67657 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally the naked, dying Christmas tree has purpose!

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There is an event in a town not far from RAB that has an original tradition called Knutfest.  Join the FC Wacker fussball team in Weidenthal on Sunday, January 7th at 13:30 to experience a competition involving throwing old Christmas trees as far and as high as you can!  This is the 12th year they have held this competition and it's been a great success.  Not only will the kids enjoy seeing these soccer players throw trees, but afterward, the trees get a proper Swedish sendoff by being thrown into a bonfire!  No German festival would be complete without the fireworks, mulled wine, and music.  Join this friendly village for their original tradition and help these dying, empty and naked Christmas trees find their worth.

Fussballplatz Weidenthal Sunday, January 7th at 13:30

 Langentalstrasse Weithenthal, 67475

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Crack the Code! 20 * C + M + B + 18

Three Kings Day, January 6th

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The day has come when all the Christmas decor should be taken down and stored away for next year.  January 6th is Epiphany, or Three King's Day, and is a public holiday in some areas of Germany.  Three King's Day is the day the wise men arrived in Bethlehem with gifts to present to the Christ child.  These men, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar followed the star of Bethlehem across the desert to meet the baby Jesus.  With them, they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gold represented Jesus' royal standing, the myrrh his mortality, and the frankincense his diving birth.

During the day of January 6th, you may have visitors dressed as the three kings at your door.  They are there to offer blessings and accept donations.  They may mark your door or give you a sheet of paper with the markings printed.  So, what do these markings mean and why are they there?  

The markings are typically done with chalk, which has been blessed by a Catholic priest.  Here is how the code is broken down:

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20*C+M+B+18

20 and 18: This is the current year

*: represents the star of Bethlehem

C, M, B: Christus mansionem benediktat which means "Jesus bless this house".  It is also the initials of the three wise men, which many think the CMB stand for.

+++ : The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Weihnachts Circus in Ktown!

Head over to the Kaiserslautern Weihnachts Circus with the kids for an exciting experience.  The kids will love seeing the dangerous balancing act and acrobats flying through the air!  There will be performers attempting daring jumps and graceful moves upon a silver high wire and some very funny Russian clowns.  For those enchanted with the animals will love the camel caravan, a special performance by 4 very talented ponies, and the magic of the horse whisperer.  A captivating performance by the mermaid Cecile will amaze you with her incredible concentration and flexibility.

You can purchase tickets at the shows, in the Kasse trailer.  There will be a show on the 5th at 14:00; the 6th at 16:00 and 19:30, and on the 7th at 15:00.  Ticket prices vary from 14 to 17 Euro, depending on the seating selected.

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Stadium Tour!

See the stadium like a player!

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Fritz Walter Stadium is situated in our own Kaiserslautern and is home to the notable F. C. Kaiserslautern.  Fußball matches are a time of high energy, spirit, and are an overall exciting experience.  Watching a match is an experience that shouldn't be missed. 

On January 6th, the city of Kaiserslautern will be offering a tour of this impressive stadium.  Fritz Walter Stadium, which was built in 1920 and has a capacity for 49,780 fans, is an integral part of the Kaiserslautern culture.   You will get the opportunity to run through the players tunnel, sit on the trainers’ bench, explore the VIP areas and more!  Entrance Fee 5.00 EUR/3.00 EUR

January 6th 12:00-13:30, Register 0631 365-2316 or by e-mail to touristinformation@kaiserslautern.de

 

 

 

Glücksbringer: Symbols in Germany that bring good luck!

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One of the many New Year traditions in Germany is the exchange of good luck symbols and mascots. You can easily find these symbols available in shops around the end of the year, and are typically made of chocolate, marzipan, glass, porcelain and more. Here are the most popular symbols in Germany and the meaning behind them.

Piglet /Glücksschwein: The good luck symbol has its origins in the middle ages.  It is considered lucky simply because if you owned pigs in those days it was a sign of wealth and prosperity.  After all, if you possessed many swine, you wouldn't starve.

Four Leaf Clovers / Glücksklee: When Eve was driven out of the Garden of Eden she took with her a four-leaf clover to remember the good times in paradise later on. These four leaf clovers are now grown in gardens around Germany, so in order to have true good luck, you will need to find one in the wild.  If found, these rare clovers are said to make your secret wishes come true.

Horseshoe / Hufeisen: The horseshoe is considered lucky because they protected the very important working horse in earlier times.  In order to receive full luck from this symbol, it must be hung above a door with the opening pointing towards the sky so the good luck doesn't run out.  

Toadstools / Fliegenpilze: These bright red mushrooms with white dots, flies agaric, are actually poisonous mushrooms.  You can most likely find these toadstools in the forest and may feel especially lucky while happening upon them.  A fortunate person is called a Glückspilz, or a lucky mushroom.

Chimney Sweeps / Kaminkehrer: The chimney sweep is considered good luck for the simple reason that a clean chimney reduces the risk of your house burning down.  It's even luckier if you are allowed to turn one of the silver buttons on their black uniform.  

Lady Bug / Marienkäfer / Glückskäfer: These small red bugs with black dots are said to be a gift from the holy mother Mary herself.  It is said she sent these bugs specifically to farmers, as they consume pests that threaten their crops.  They are said to protect the young and old and heal the sick.  If a lady bug lands on you, it is considered especially lucky!

 

 

The holiday fun continues!

From Weinhachtsmarkt to Silvestermarkt!

Christmas market season is coming to an end, but there are still a few markets open and our own Kaiserslautern Christmas Market is turning into a Silvestermarkt, or New Year's Market.  The market will continue with gifts, rides for the kids, delicious foods, and the famous drink of the season, Glühwein.  The market will be open December 27 through December 30th, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Steinstrasse, 67655 Kaiserslautern.

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A Christmas Walk with Santa

The animals in the Kaiserslautern Zoo are expecting a special visit from Santa on December 26th.  Meet at 2:30 p.m. to join Santa on a walk around the Zoo.  Santa is bringing some very special surprises for all the kids and everyone can enjoy some nice warm Glühwein, compliments of the Kaiserslautern Zoo.  Many things in the area are closed today, but the Zoo will be celebrating, so come down and check it out!  This is a smaller Zoo and perfect for young children and is stroller friendly. Tierpark 10, 67661 Kaiserslautern.  

 

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Christmas market fun for the weekend!

Follow the Stars...and the Flaming Torches!

45 Minutes from RAB you will find the city of Freinsheim.  This historical city is known for it's red wines and is situated in the middle of the Palatinate vineyards.  This small town of 5,000 inhabitants has a lovely Christmas Market, complete with star lit pathway,  that will be open this weekend on Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, meet in the town center at 5:45 and purchase a torch for 4 Euros.  The torch walk will take you for a romantic city tour through these winding streets lined in half timber homes.  Before you leave town, be sure to visit the nativity scene at the town hall, which has live animals that the kids will really enjoy meeting.  On Saturday they will have a "Krippenspiel" at the nativity scene at 5:00 p.m., followed by the torch city tour at 5:45 p.m.  There will also be a merry go round and vendors serving a variety of foods, beverages, and gifts.  A fun time for all!  Bahnhofstrasse 12, 67251 Freinsheim. Friday, Dec 22: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (torches for the walk at 5:45 p.m.), Saturday, Dec 23: 2:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. 

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A Market in the City of Emperors

The Speyer Imperial Cathedral is the largest preserved Romanesque church in Europe.  In it's shadow, you will find the Speyer Christmas market.  This market has all the essentials: food, mulled wine, gifts, and unique handiworks.  At the other end of the market, you will find the Old City Gate.  This gate is 188 feet tall and one of the highest and most significant gates in Germany.  For the kids, there will be some carnival rides, delicious sweets, and ice skating!  Adult and youth ticket is 5 Euro, Kids up to 10 years is 4 Euro.  You can also rent skates for 3 Euros. There is also plenty of space in this area for the kids to run around and burn off energy.  Market and ice skating is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  On 12.24, they are open 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Closed on the 25th and 26th. Dom square, 67346 Speyer

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A variety of fun for this 3rd Advent weekend!

Otterberg Children's Christmas Market

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This weekend, the 3rd Advent, the city of Otterberg will have a special children's Christmas market, which is the highlight of their holiday festivities!  They will have a children's program that is for kids, made by kids, including dance, singing poems and performances. Kick off the fun on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. when Santa will be arriving with his reindeer!  After saying hello to Santa's friendly reindeer, kids can hop on a horse drawn carriage for a ride around the illuminated historic village.  The rides are free of charge and begin at 2:30 p.m.  Also head to the Stadthaus, open from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., where they will have a nativity scene exhibit.  On Sunday the nativity scene and museum will be open from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Market open Dec 16 & 17th at 2:00 p.m. Hauptstrasse 27, 67697 Otterberg

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Forest Christmas Market

Visit this truly unique forest market in the heart of the Palatinate.  There will be more than 70 stalls offering unique wooden gifts, venison from the forest, delicious sweet and savory foods and all with a gorgeous forest backdrop illuminated by light and fire. The market has made many special features creating magic for the kids including pony rides, bonfires, torches and a carousel!  The kids will really love the fire acrobat show they will have Saturday night. They will be offering a shuttle bus for easy parking and timetables are up on their website: www.hdn-pfalz.de.  The market is open Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Johanniskreuz 1a, 67705 Trippstadt

Christmas Market of 1000 lights

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Head to Hassloch, the largest village in the Rheinland Pfalz, for this market of lights.  This cozy, friendly, and relaxed village invites you to take a stroll and enjoy the illuminated atmosphere of the "Bundenstadt", or city stalls.  Check out the Waldweihnacht, which is a special meeting place with a yurt, the half timbered house, or the various pieces of art around the city center.  The kids will really enjoy the tradition of making Stockbrotbraten, which is the baking of bread on a stick over a fire. You can also enjoy a relaxing ride in a horse drawn carriage through the streets of this beautiful village.    Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Rathausplatz 1, 67454 Hassloch

Advent Market in Wine Country

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An hour away from RAB in wine country, you will find the Deidesheimer Advent Market.  This 40 year old market so much to offer including 100 wooden stalls with unique offerings, animals for the children to meet as well as a falconer with several birds of prey, and a children's bakery that invites the kids to make their own sweets.  For adventure they have a large ferris wheel, a carousel, and a children's railway.  This market is very popular and attracts visitors from all over Germany and other countries.   Open Friday, Dec 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bahnhofstrasse 5, 67146 Deidesheim

 

 

 

 

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